2023 was an incredible year in many ways.
Musically, 2023 was incredibly productive:
I finished my first resident season (FOUR works!) and started my second with the Oklahoma Chamber Symphony,
Premiered a gift for my artist friend Luena Comas
finally had a collaboration recording with the Stringsmen OKC (I love those folks)
Premiered a song for Bass Voice & Harp with Emily Duncan, which is turning into a full song cycle.
Started a collaboration with Guitarist Matt Denman
Had a World Premiere by tubist Nick Brown
Greenwood, Archer & Pine was performed by the Enid Symphony
Worked on my first Musical Theatre production as an Orchestrator
and collaborated with my college battle buddy Chris Prather on a theme for El Sistema OKC's 10th anniversary.
Composed works for solo Violin, Bassoon, Trombone, and Horn
With that production came incredible achievement:
My first undergraduate student had a composition recital... He was a Bio-Chem Major and gave the first non-major composition recital at OCU in at least 20 years.
Greenwood, Archer & Pine received three Finalist Honorable Mention citations from the 2023 American Prize
Orchestra Composition, Professional division
Social Justice-related Composition, Professional division
The OCS's world premiere was awarded Finalist Horable Mention for the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music.
Received two nominations for the OMTA Commissioned Composer prize
I also had a fair share of incredible heartache, especially the loss of three very influential people:
Elsa Gwendolyn Bernard, my aunt & one of my biggest life mentors
Dr. Irvin Wagner, a music mentor of mine that I had worked with for seven years. I wish I worked with him a lot more than I did.
and my mother, Annette Williams; my ace, my biggest fan, and the reason why I'm here (the reason why I'm a composer, not just literally why I'm here.)
Make no mistake that I bring them with me wherever I go.
2023 was a year of immense growth and wonderful partnerships for which I am grateful for everyone. If this is an indicator of what's to come in 2024, bring it on. Lord Willing, what will I type in 366 days? Stay tuned, my friends.